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Monday February 18th 2019Tim Candler9

 

    Eamon Broy was an agent for the Irish Republican cause during the Irish War of Independence, this two and half years of conflict from January 1919 to July 1921 has other names and as with so many things titles often depend upon perspective. Broy was employed by government authorities, so strictly speaking he was a double agent, in a department of the British and Loyalist interests devoted to anti-rebel activities, a division called G Division, a role that enabled him to pass a great deal of useful secret information along to his comrades in the Irish Republican cause. Those who worked for G Division called themselves G-Men. The war ended with a treaty, Ireland divided between Protestant north and Catholic south. Southern Ireland became a self governing state, the Free State it was called. Northern Ireland remained British. Not everyone liked the idea of dividing Ireland and soon enough a civil war was fought between supporters of The Treaty and those were against it. Broy was all for The Treaty, during the Civil War he became a uniformed colonel in the Irish National Army. After the Civil War Eamon Broy became Commissioner of the National Police Service of the Republic of Ireland, or the Garda Siochana, which translates as Guardians of the Peace.

 

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   Being a Police Commissioner guarding the peace in the aftermath of a civil war was tricky, fascism was on the rise in Ireland and there were still outposts in most of Ireland that still reckoned the Island shouldn't have been divided. Broy's tactics in the maintenance of peace in the Free State were sometimes very appalling. For British Authorities and the Loyalists Eamon Broy, whom they called Edward Broy, was a traitor to the Crown of England, whether the English Legal System would have agreed is debatable. But during the war Eamon Broy was instrumental in revealing the names of fellow G Men, six of whom were killed by the Irish Republican Army. During the war of independence around 230 Irish soldiers who had fought for the Crown of England in the First World War, joined the guerilla forces that fought for the Irish Republican Army against the Crown. Amongst the Irish, Broy was both a hero, a turncoat and a traitor to the cause of Irish Unity. In his later days Eamon Broy became the President of the Olympic Council of Ireland. Then there's the issue of how to spell Eamon. Is it Eamon or Eamonn. Well, when he issued an order as police commissioner his name was typed as Eamon, which translates to Edmond in English. Whereas Eamonn, translates to Edmund in English. Where the name Edward came from no one knows. As I understand it his nickname was Ned. "And the point of this list!" I hear the echo. Being a G-Man isn't Apple Pie and Roses.

 

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